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31st July 2018
Glorious Geordie

Glorious Geordie

From an extract of a blog first published in August 2014 following an interview with Willie Snaith in the National Horse Racing Museum garden we look back at his famous trilogy of rides on The Queen’s horse Landau. On the 28 July 1954, one of the museum’s dearest friends, Willie Snaith, the ‘Glorious Geordie’ won the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood riding Landau. F…

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28th July 2018
Celebrating Professor Roberts in Newmarket

Celebrating Professor Roberts in Newmarket

Today would have been the 100th birthday of pioneering equine veterinary surgeon Edwin James Roberts. To mark the centenary of his birth we are displaying items from the Roberts Collection, held by the National Horseracing Museum. The display explores Roberts’s place in the development of veterinary practice in the twentieth century as an innovative and pioneering v…

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26th July 2018
Mill Reef and the 1971 King George

Mill Reef and the 1971 King George

Resuming our series of Q & A’s with Ian Balding, our fourth blog features Mill Reef’s triumph  in Ascot’s mid-summer showpiece race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stakes over 1 mile 4 furlongs.   Following Mill Reef’s Derby success the colt then had his first chance to run against older horses in the Eclipse Stakes where he beat the 1970 French …

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24th July 2018
Royal Palace

Royal Palace

On Saturday Ascot will host the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  The prestigious all age, one mile and four furlong race, was first run in 1951. Guest blogger Grenville Davies looks back at the career of Royal Palace, winner of the 1968 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The years from 1965 until 1972 were considered to be a golden era in European…

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8th July 2018
The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses

The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses

The evolution of the Newmarket Racecourses. When we watch the horses thundering towards us on the July Course this week, it is worth reflecting that the horses are running on the same strip of land that has been used since the seventeenth century. The July Course, as we know it today, is part of the old Round Course set up by Charles II in 1666 to celebrate his return…

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28th June 2018
The day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby

The day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby

Bruce Hobbs trained 48 Group winners from Palace House stables but despite several near misses his first, and what proved to be his only Classic success, eluded him until Saturday 28 June 1980, the day Tyrnavos stormed home in the Irish Derby. Tyrnavos (1977) was named after a municipality in the Thessaly region of Greece by his owner George Cambanis, the Greek ship…

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16th June 2018
Curwen's Bay Barb

Curwen's Bay Barb

It is well documented that all modern thoroughbreds descend from the three foundation stallions, the so-called Fathers of the Turf. But the triumvirate of the Darley Arabian, Godolphin Arabian and Byerley Turk should rightly be joined by a fourth member - Curwen’s Bay Barb. Such is the dominance of the Darley Arabian  in the modern thoroughbred, (as shown on our p…

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15th June 2018
What makes Royal Ascot Special

What makes Royal Ascot Special

Next week the eyes of the racing world will be on Royal Ascot. But what makes the five days of the Royal Meeting which begins next Tuesday with the Queen Anne Stakes, named after its founder, the most unique global sporting occasion. To get a better idea we asked a variety of people from the racing industry including three Derby winning trainers for their reflections.…

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1st June 2018
Carozza - The Queen's first Classic winner

Carozza - The Queen's first Classic winner

In June 1957, Her Majesty the Queen won her first Classic when Carozza, ridden by Lester Piggott, snatched a dramatic victory in the Epsom Oaks. Guest blogger Amy Bennett reviews the career of Carozza, the only Royal Classic success for Lester Piggott. Until the powerhouse operation of Coolmore/Ballydoyle, few owners ever enjoyed a Classic season quite like that of Hi…

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28th May 2018
1971 Derby – I can’t believe he did it so easily.

1971 Derby – I can’t believe he did it so easily.

“I can’t believe he did it so easily” recalled trainer Ian Balding when asked about Mill Reef’s 1971 Derby triumph. Continuing our series of Q & A’s with Ian Balding, our third blog covers the build up to Derby Day and the young trainer’s memories of the 2nd June 1971 and Mill Reef's 1971 Derby victory. What specific training preparations did you take…

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